Comic-Con is turning 50 this year! 2019 marks it as the longest, continuously-run comics and pop culture convention in North America. Over the past 50 years, Comic-Con has produced a series of program books (often referred to as the show’s Souvenir Book) for each year’s event. The covers of these books are a veritable who’s-who of comic art. From Jack Kirby to Bruce Timm – and with talent as diverse as Dave McKean, Moebius, Steranko, Babs Tarr, and many more in between – Comic-Con’s five-decade history of celebrating comics is front and center on the covers of these publications.
In the future home of the Comic-Con museum, “Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50” explores the first 50 years of Comic-Con covers through striking examples of original art and process pieces that explore the creation of a cover, from thumbnail sketches to pencil and ink art to full-colored finished pieces. Drawing from Comic-Con’s archives, the exhibition features art as an integral tool in promoting the organization’s mission of creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art-forms.
Kids will have the chance to create their own Comic-Con cover with a special Souvenir Book cover template. Some of these sure-to-be masterpieces will even be posted in the Museum during the show. Comic-Con Museum is located at 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego California 92101. The exhibit will be open Saturday March 16th and Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and on select dates through August 4, 2019.
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